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Author Buck, Christopher, 1950-
Title Paradise and paradigm : key symbols in Persian Christianity and the Bahá̕í Faith / Christopher Buck.
Imprint Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York, [1999]

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Author Buck, Christopher, 1950-
Subject Heaven -- Bahai Faith.
Bahai Faith -- Doctrines.
Heaven -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Syrian churches -- Doctrines -- History.
Heaven -- Comparative studies.
Paradise -- Comparative studies.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 402 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-379) and index.
Contents I. Comparing Paradises 1 -- II. A Historical Profile of Syriac Christianity 37 -- III. A Symbolic Profile of Syriac Christianity 85 -- Key Scenarios -- Root Metaphors -- IV. A Historical Profile of the Baha'i Faith 135 -- V. A Symbolic Profile of the Baha'i Faith 181 -- Key Scenarios -- Root Metaphors -- VI. Paradise Similarities and Paradigm Differences 227 -- VII. Paradise and Paradigm 259 -- Works Cited 351.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585062463 (electronic bk.)
9780585062464 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 42628620
Additional Format Print version: Buck, Christopher, 1950- Paradise and paradigm. Albany, N.Y. : State University of New York, ©1999 0791440613 (DLC) 98045882 (OCoLC)40403597
Table of Contents
IComparing Paradises1
 1.1Paradises and Paradigms 
 1.2Systems of Symbols 
 1.3Key Symbols 
 1.4Dimensional Model 
 1.5Symbolic Profiles 
 1.6Worldview Comparison 
 1.7Symbolic Transformation as Paradigm Shift 
IIA Historical Profile of Syriac Christianity37
 2.0Syriac Christianity 
 2.1Ephrem the Syrian and Aphrahat, "the Persian Sage" 
 2.2Syriac Christianity as a Mesopotamian Response to Late Antiquity 
 2.3The Universality of the Church of the East: How Persian was Persian Christianity? 
IIIA Symbolic Profile of Syriac Christianity85
 3.0Syriac Symbol Theory 
 3.1Doctrinal: The Way 
 3.2Ritual: Robe of Glory 
 3.3Ethical: Sons/Daughters of the Covenant 
 3.4Experiential: The Wedding Feast 
 3.5Mythic: Harrowing of Hell 
 3.6Social: Noah's Ark/Mariner 
 3.7Doctrinal: Physician 
 3.8Ritual: Medicine of Life 
 3.9Ethical: The Mirror 
 3.10Experiential: The Pearl 
 3.11Mythic: Tree of Life 
 3.12Social: Paradise 
 3.13The Syriac Paradigm of Purity 
IVA Historical Profile of the Baha'i Faith135
 4.2The Baha'i Faith as a Response to Modernity 
VA Symbolic Profile of the Baha'i Faith181
 5.0Baha'i Symbol Theory 
 5.1Doctrinal: The Promised One 
 5.2Ritual: The Covenant 
 5.3Ethical: Illumination 
 5.4Experiential: Lover and the Beloved 
 5.5Mythic: The Maid of Heaven 
 5.6Social: The Crimson Ark and the Holy Mariner 
 5.7Doctrinal: Physician 
 5.8Ritual: Wine/Water of Life 
 5.9Ethical: Mirror/Gems 
 5.10Experiential: The Journey 
 5.11Mythic: Lote-Tree/Sinai 
 5.12Social: Paradise 
 5.13The Baha'i Paradigm of Unity 
VIParadise Similarities and Paradigm Differences227
 6.0Procedure for Dimensional Analysis 
VIIParadise and Paradigm259
 7.1Sapiential Theosis: A New Reading of Ephrem the Syrian's Hymns on Paradise 
 7.2Paradise and Society in Baha'i Texts 
 8.0Interpretation of Results 
 8.1Evaluation of Research Design 
 8.3Suggestions for Further Study 
 8.4Relevance to the Study of Religion 
 App. I: Abbreviations331
App. IISyriac Transliteration Scheme339
App. IIIArabic/Persian Transliteration Scheme341
App. IVFragments of a Lost Persian Christian Liturgy345
 Works Cited351

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